Learning from nature: constructing integrated graphene-based artificial nacre

Qunfeng Cheng, Jianli Duan, Qi Zhang, Lei Jiang

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Natural nacre supplies a number of properties that can be used in designing high-performance bioinspired materials. Likewise, due to the extraordinary properties of graphene, a series of bioinspired graphene-based materials have recently been demonstrated. Compared to other approaches for constructing graphene-based materials, bioinspired concepts result in high-loading graphene, and the resultant high-performance graphene-based artificial nacres demonstrate isotropic mechanical and electrical properties. In this Perspective, we describe how to construct integrated graphene-based artificial nacre through the synergistic relationship between interface interactions and building blocks. These integrated graphene-based artificial nacres show promising applications in many fields, such as aerospace, flexible supercapacitor electrodes, artificial muscle, and tissue engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2231-2234
Number of pages4
JournalACS Nano
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Nacre
  • Graphene
  • Bioinspired
  • Integrated materials

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